Obituary for Neil S. Bartlett
Loving Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather and Teacher
Neil Sherman Bartlett, 88, a resident of Lowell for almost 83 years, died at his home on February 18, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Janet A. (McEvoy) Bartlett, with whom he had celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Born in Lowell, September 15, 1929, a son of the late Winthrop and Viola (Howker) Bartlett. He grew up in Lowell, attended Lowell public schools, and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1947. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1947 to 1950. Later, he furthered his education, graduating from Lowell State Teachers College.
Neil taught music in Peterborough, New Hampshire for three years before accepting a position as Science Teacher with the North Reading school system, where he taught 4th through 6th grade students for more than 30 years.
He took great pride and joy in his family, especially time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Neil had a beautiful tenor voice, and for many years, sang in and directed the choir at Christ Church United in Lowell. He also sang at the weddings of all his sons and grandchildren, as well as at many weddings and funerals of friends and relatives.
He loved to travel with Janet, and also enjoyed exploring different walking trails, usually bouncing a tennis ball as he went. He was an avid golfer in retirement, and spent many summer days traveling around Massachusetts with his good friend and golfing buddy, Leonard. He sang and danced his best in many shows put on by the Greater Lowell Music Theatre and the Dracut Community Chorus.
Neil is survived by five sons, Peter S. Bartlett and his wife Joan, Andrew Bartlett and his wife Debora, and Stephen Bartlett and his wife Camille, all of Lowell, Duncan Bartlett and his wife Gail of Tewksbury, and Robert Bartlett and his wife Debra of Londonderry, New Hampshire. Thirteen grandchildren, Emily, Callie, Bethany, Elisha, Joel, Malorie, Jordan, Heather, Chelsea, Andrew, Justin, Jordan and Ashley; seven great-grandchildren, Julia, James, Jaxson, Benjamin, Lillian, Juliette, and Lucas, and was excitedly awaiting the arrival of his eighth great-grandchild.
Neil was part of a large family. He was predeceased by an older brother, Winthrop (Bud) Bartlett, a sister, Ruth Hermann, a step-mother, Nellie (Robinson) Bartlett, and two brothers-in-law, Alfred Huang and John McEvoy. He is also survived by Bud’s wife, Jeanne Bartlett of Weare, NH, a brother, Dave Bartlett and his wife Pat of Maryland, a sister, Eleanor Huang of Irvine, CA, a brother-in-law, Robert McEvoy and his wife Gabrielle of Westford, MA, and 25 nieces and nephews.
BARTLETT - In Lowell, February 18, 2018. Neil S. Bartlett, of Lowell, aged 88 years. Beloved husband of the late Janet A. (McEvoy) Bartlett. Friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell, on Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM. His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 12:00 PM at Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell. (Kindly meet at Church.) Interment is private. Friends who wish may make memorial donations in his name to the Woodbine Cemetery Association, c/o TD Bank, 32 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA 01854. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.